Report: China hacks into satellite network


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An October 25, 2012 NOAA GOES satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy as it spun off the Florida coast in October 2012.

China has been hacking into the U.S. weather network and satellite systems, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and other crucial uses, The Washington Postreported Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed the attack in a statement released Wednesday, though it did not say China was the cause.

“In recent weeks, four NOAA websites were compromised by an Internet-sourced attack,” spokesman Scott Smullen said. “NOAA staff detected the attacks and incident response began immediately.”

Wriyten by Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
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